Chinese Tibetan Ming Dynasty (1368â€“1644) Gilt Bronze and stones inlaid Buddha Deity figure of Vaishravana, the Son of Namto, Guardian of the Northern Direction, King of the Yakshas and Leader of the Worldly Dharma Protectors.
In the appearance of a warrior god, he has a round full face with eyebrows, moustache and a beard. Naturally painted large round eyes. Adorned with an ornate lapis-lazuli, tourmaline, and turquoise stones inlaid on five-pointed crown of gold and jewels, earrings and tassels, he is richly garbed in the raiment of a king, opulent with silk brocades and elaborate designs.
"With vajra armor, a garland of jewel ornaments and the beautiful heavenly banner - fluttering, illuminated in the middle of a hundred thousand Wealth Bestowers; homage to Vaishravana, chief among the protectors of the Teaching." (Nyingma liturgical verse).
Vaishravana, leader of the yaksha race, is a worldly guardian worshipped as both a protector and benefactor (wealth deity). He lives on the north side of the lower slopes of mount Meru in the Heaven of the Four Great Kings. As the leader of the Four Direction Guardians, he like the others, swore an oath of protection before the buddha Shakyamuni. The stories and iconography of the Four Guardian Kings arise originally with the early Buddhist sutras and become fully developed in the later Mahayana sutras.
Bronze is in beautiful condition with minimal marring of the surface.
Extensive trace of gilt and red pigments on hair.
The underside of Buddha shows an rectangular cut-out, a precisely fitting bronze comes with the sculpture
Dimensions: 12" H
PROVENANCE: From private collection of Louis Stephen Jarret & Witney of Oxford Shire, England, UK.
Same provenance private collection of Louis Stephen Jarret & Witney offered at auction catalog listing from Lot-255 through Lot-271.
Over all in EXCELLENT condition, with normal anomalies in nature, sign of stressed surface, minor scratch & dent. Surface traced wear and or declined to gilding; Normal, considering ages and wears.
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